Mississippi's governor refuses to take more action on Covid-19 - leads the state in prayer instead (VIDEO)
Mississippi governor Tate Reeves is coming under fire for refusing to close beaches, ban social gatherings, or restrict businesses in the state.
Instead, he offered a prayer on Sunday and broadcast it statewide.
“Thank you for looking over us,” the governor prayed. “Thank you for giving our leaders wisdom. Dear Heavenly Father please be with President Trump, Vice President Pence, the leadership team in Washington as they deal with this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic across the globe.”
The only action he took was to close the state's schools until the middle of April, but since that directive hasn't acted on pretty much anything heath-related, even as the virus has gotten worse.
Republican State Senator Joel Carter confirmed the governor's intentions, saying on Saturday:
"Just received a text from Governor Tate Reeves. He has no intention of shutting down the Coast at this time. Nor anywhere else. The virus can live on surfaces but only for a very short time. Practice social distancing, wash your hands regularly and don’t go to NOLA."
The latest figures in the state: 67 new coronavirus cases, 207 total so far.
Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton, frustrated with the inaction of Governor Reeves, decided to take matters into his own hands, at least in his town:
“From the beginning of this crisis until today, I have been waiting on the governor of the state of Mississippi to lead,” Shelton said in a press statement on Saturday. “He has abdicated that leadership role in a state of emergency, and we will no longer wait in Tupelo.”
Republican Governor of Alabama Kay Ivey, however, is telling its citizens to practice social distancing and to comply with health orders.